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Keep A Tree For Life

norway spruce enjoyed for holiday and year roundHow To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Recycle your Christmas tree by potting it on and enjoying it on your patio throughout summer.
Then bring it back inside for a second or even third season before planting it outside in the ground.

Materials Needed:

  • large plastic pot
  • broken clay pot pieces
  • soil-based ericaceous potting mix
  • sturdy gloves
  • well-rotted organic matter, such as manure
  • all-purpose granular fertilizer (eg, Growmore)
  • clippers

Water Well

When the festive season is over, store your tree for a few weeks in a shed, as you did before bringing it into the house for Christmas. Water it frequently, and don’t allow the soil to dry out.

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Prepare A New Container

Buy a plastic pot, which will be light and easy to move around, one size larger than the original container. Put some broken clay pot pieces over the drainage holes at the bottom and add a layer of soil on top.

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Remove The Tree

Wearing heavy-duty gloves, squeeze the tree’s pot around the sides to dislodge the root ball,and slide it out. Place the tree in its new pot.

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Add Fertilizer

Check that there is 2 in (5 cm) between the top of the root ball and the pot rim. Fill in around the roots with soil mixed with some fertilizer.

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Shape Up

Water the tree well. Trim back the stems lightly with clippers to create a cone shape. If there are two stems at the top, cut one back to a bud to leave a single “leader.”

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Tree Choices

Norway spruce, Picea abies

norway spruce popular evergreen for holiday treeHow To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Tree Choices

Fraser fir, Abies fraseri

fraser fir popular evergreen for holiday treeHow To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010

Tree Choices

Nordmann fir, Abies nordmanniana

nordmann fir popular evergreen for holiday treeHow To Grow Practically Everything ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2010
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